CDETNO is the Northwest Territories referral centre for bilingual immigrants seeking employment. We provide information about the NWT labor market and put them in contact with the business community. We also educate employers on the benefits of hiring immigrants and help them with the hiring process.

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Welcome and settlement services

Welcome to the NWT! We offer information and referral services to available resources (community resources, recreational facilities, language training, interpretation and translation services) to enhance your integration process.

For more information, please contact the NWT Council at

Bilingual services for immigrants

  • Resume and cover-letter writing
  • Mock job interviews
  • Information on Canadian standards (adapting resumes to the Canadian format, work culture, etc.)
  • Information on the NWT Employment Market, skilled occupations and the NWT equivalent diploma standards
  • Referrals to other organizations

Employer services

  • Educate employers on the value of hiring immigrants through workshops and individual meetings
  • Support and assistance in the hiring of immigrants: help drafting job descriptions for skilled labor recruitment, recruitment monitoring and retention

Support for newcomer families

Bilingual Support for Adaptation and School Integration Services for newcomers, students and their parents newly arrived in Canada (SWIS Program).

For more information, consult the SWIS page here.

Yellowknife Immigration Partnership (LIP)

The Yellowknife Immigration Partnership is a consultative body that works collaboratively with stakeholders and partners to:

  • Systemize local engagement and awareness of newcomers’ integration process;
  • Support community-level research and identify community-specific strategic priorities;
  • Implement a settlement strategy and action plans;
  • Improve coordination of effective services that facilitate immigrant settlement and integration (Service Provider Organizations and mainstream institutions).
  • Improve access to the labour market for immigrants.

Immigrate to the NWT

For general information, here are a few programs related to economic immigration:

Mobilité Francophone

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s new program, Mobilité Francophone facilitates temporary work permits for francophone immigrants who wish to settle outside Quebec. To find out if you are eligible,  click here.

Pré-départ services (in French only)

This new service, coordinated by our counterparts Connexions Francophones, allows us to answer questions from Permanent Resident immigrants, living outside Canada. CDETNO can answer specific questions relating to jobs opportunities and entrepreneurship in the NWT. For more details, click here.

NWT Nominee Program

The provincial candidates program is a partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the NWT government to obtain Canadian Citizenship for immigrants who meet eligibility criteria. For more information about the specific criteria for the Northwest Territories, click here.

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For more information and to book an appointment:

Sonia Kouakou

Settlement Advisor (Fr)


Athulya Joseph

Settlement Advisor (En)

867-873-5962 poste 108 ou 863-688-1631

Aleksandar Kovacevic

Immigration, Recruitment and Career Officer

867-873-5962 ext. 106

Kathryn Tubridy Pakenham

Settlement worker in schools (SWIS Program)


Malini Sengupta

Local Immigration Partnership Coordinator

867 873-5962 ext.109


The National Occupational Classification list (NOC) A,O,B – Skilled occupations